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Shipping Ministry revokes approval for vessels to export livestock to Gulf countries from Gujarat

Press Trust of India  |  Bhuj 

Days after local authorities stopped export of livestock from a port in Kutch, Gujarat, to Gulf countries ahead of Bakr Eid, the has revoked permission for shipping of animals.

A livestock exporters association said traders will incur huge losses due to the decision, as animals are in great demand ahead of the festival.

Earlier, had stopped the export of livestock from in the district after some activists complained that animals were being subjected to cruelty.

As per the circular issued by the of Shipping yesterday, "the permission for certain mechanised sailing vessels to operate during the month of August from ports in during the year 2018 is withdrawn with immediate effect".

On August 3, the Directorate had approved operation of these mechanised sailing vessels specifically for export of livestock, following a representation made by a vessels owners association.

Livestock are generally exported by 'country crafts' (wooden mechanised vessels).

Around 10,000 sheep and goats, supposed to be sent to Gulf countries on August 6, are now stranded at the port, according to the exporters.

"Due to bad weather, country crafts are usually not allowed to sail till September. However, the traders' association told the that they would incur a huge loss if they do not export the livestock to Gulf countries before on August 22," said Nautical Surveyor-cum of Kandla Port Trust, A K Patel.

"The had given permission on August 3. But we were informed yesterday through another circular that the earlier permission has been withdrawn," he said.

It did not refer to the collector's decision, he added.

On August 6, when the livestock cargo was about to sail, set up a three-member committee to probe whether the exporters were violating the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

She also directed (Kandla Port Trust) to stop any exports from Tuna "until further decision".

The took the action after some animal rights activists approached the government, alleging that the livestock were subjected to cruelty.

In its report submitted yesterday, the committee, headed by Vijay Rabari, said the traders were found to have violated "some provisions of the Act".

The ban on export will affect the livelihood of over 40,000 families dependent on this trade, said Adil Noor, of Livestock Exporters Association of

The livestock are being exported from since 1971, he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 22:30 IST